Fast Furniture Fixes with Raymour & Flanigan

A Casual Media Console for the Living Room

October 10, 2015

This is the second of our three-part series with Raymour & Flanigan, who we recently partnered with on mini room makeovers. For this installment, we wanted to replace an old tv stand in a family room, used for general tv viewing and family downtime.


The overall aesthetic of the room is cozy and classic, and the Urban Lodge Console was the perfect addition. The distressed wood adds warmth and compliments the other neutral furniture in the room. It’s a durable piece too, which is key with little ones running around!

Other items we like for a family room include the Howell Sofa, Alexander Leather Chair and Wagner Chenille Cocktail Ottoman.

Have you visited Raymour & Flanigan lately? You might be surprised at what you find. Check out their stores in Yonkers (1855 Central Park Ave) or White Plains (1 Maple Ave).

Penny Lick Opens a Brick-and-Mortar

The popular ice cream stand now has a shop in Hastings-on-Hudson.

October 9, 2015

Fans of Penny Lick Ice Cream, the beloved push-cart business found at farmers markets all over Westchester, will be thrilled to know that owner Ellen Sledge has just opened a shop in Hastings-on-Hudson. So now you can get your Drunken Pumpkin or Ethiopian Macchiato fix anytime you want!

Penny Lick Ice Cream

Check out the hallway on the right of the store, where you can peek through the window, into the kitchen, and maybe even catch a glimpse of ice cream-making in progress!

Penny Lick, 580 Warburton Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914-525-1580

Understanding Migraines in Adolescents

Developing healthy habits early leads to better quality of life for your teens.

October 8, 2015

This post was brought to you by Scarsdale Medical Group.

How young is too young to understand if your child truly has a headache? Dr. Kristen Sahler of Scarsdale Medical Group says, “If your five-year old says they have a headache, they probably do. It’s important to listen to your kids and believe them.” Dr. Sahler, who works with kids ages 13 and older, explains that primary headaches, which are headaches that don’t have an underlying cause, “are genetic and should be taken seriously.”


Migraines in Children vs. Adults

Dr. Sahler defines a migraine headache as “a severe and often one-sided headache accompanied by multiple and varying neurological symptoms such as flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, weakness, dizziness or increased sensitivity to light and sounds.” It’s important to understand that migraines look different in kids than they do in adults. For example, in adults, they typically occur on one side of the head, but in kids, they’re more commonly on both sides of the head. Kids are less likely to have light/sound sensitivity and nausea, and their symptoms may last for as few as two hours. The more classic migraine symptoms tend to occur later, around the college years.

Migraine Triggers

Frequent migraine headaches in children are extremely uncomfortable and can be caused by various triggers. One of the most common triggers is an irregular sleep pattern, which is often caused by the change in schedule between weekdays and the weekend. The Monday headache pattern is not a coincidence. “It’s crucial for headache sufferers to adhere to the same sleep schedule seven days a week,” says Dr. Sahler, “even if that means waking up at 6am on Saturdays for some kids.” Additionally, the back-to-school time period is very hard for adolescents, as they are enduring more stress.

Other triggers include skipping meals. “A diet of three meals a day and at least one snack is imperative to avoid drops in blood sugar levels, which can lead to migraines,” says Dr. Sahler. Excessive caffeine — say, Venti-sized coffees from Starbucks — and certain foods, such as artificial sweeteners, anything containing MSG, some frozen and prepackaged flavorings, nitrates (found in deli meats and sausages) and aged cheeses (including cheddar), can also cause headaches. For girls, another migraine headache pattern is during menstruation.


It is Dr. Sahler’s goal to avoid medication for her young patients, so the first thing she does is look for triggers that might be the cause. Migraines are episodic, and by identifying triggers, many patients can prevent the headache by avoiding the trigger. However, if your child experiences more than four headaches per month, a preventive treatment program is necessary.

There are many medication options available. Medication at school becomes tricky because the medicine needs to be taken within the first 30 to 60 minutes of the headache symptoms in order to be effective, and often kids will not immediately ask to see the school nurse, who is the only person that can administer the medication. Dr. Sahler tells her young patients to speak up for themselves and be direct with school administrators about their headache issues so that they can be treated immediately. “It’s crucial to develop healthy habits as a teen to control headaches as an adult,” she says. “Ignorance leads to problems later in life.”

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Kristen E. Sahler, MD is a board-certified neurologist with specialty training in headache medicine. Dr. Sahler is expert in the diagnosis and management of all neurological conditions, with special interest in migraine headaches, post-traumatic headaches, concussions and post-concussive syndromes. 

The provision of high-quality, personalized health care to Westchester County and New York’s Hudson Valley region has been the mission of the Scarsdale Medical Group for more than 50 years. Their working philosophy of compassion, confidence, and commitment has enabled them to become known and respected by patients and peers throughout the tri-state area.

Scarsdale Medical Group, 600 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 200, Harrison; 914-723-8100



Westchester’s Best Playgrounds: Richard Presser Park in Hartsdale

We’re on the hunt for unique and interesting playgrounds throughout Westchester County

October 7, 2015

By Michelle Gillan Larkin

It was one of those days: So much to buy, so much to return, an endless stream of errands. It was beginning to feel like I’d spent the entire day driving up and down Central Avenue, visiting store after store. The worst part? I had company in the backseat. And my to-do list was getting on his nerves, too.

Just when I thought we’d reached our breaking point, I spotted Richard Presser Park, right there on Central Avenue in Hartsdale. I wasted no time turning into the parking lot. My son was out of the car like a flash.


With his arms in the air and excitedly yelling something resembling a war cry, he raced toward a pair of expansive jungle gyms; one for little kids, the other for bigger ones. He tackled the smaller one first, grinning from ear to ear, giddy to be moving his little legs. This kept him busy for quite a while, but then he darted toward the big kid contraption.


Here, he was thrilled and intrigued to discover about a dozen different ways to climb aboard, and a grand total of five slides; two of them quite high! And, he was super proud of himself for, after a few tries, making it up a rock wall that is practically vertical (at least in my Nervous Nelly opinion).

After running himself ragged, he made his way over to the swing set to relax and recharge. No waiting his turn, as there were two bucket swings, four big kid swings, and a duo of really different safety swings he just had to scramble into.


I’m always happy (dare I say, relieved?) when a park has a porta-potty and a water fountain, and as expected, we took advantage of both.

Next to the playground is a ball field and a vast, wide-open space; had I remembered to toss a ball into the car, we would’ve kicked it around a bit. Wasn’t necessary, though, as the ice-cream truck had just arrived. I don’t know who yelled “ice-cream!” first, me or him, but we grabbed ourselves a sweet treat, plopped down on one of the many benches, and patted ourselves on the back for surviving my agenda and that daunting rock wall.

Richard Presser Park, 200 N. Central Avenue, Hartsdale

Check back in with us in two weeks when we’ll visit a park that offers so much for the whole family, you can stay and play for the whole day.

October Happy List


October 5, 2015

Have you already bought tickets for Historic Hudson Valley’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze? If not, don’t forget to book your tickets. It’s a must every fall, especially as the kids get older. Now they’ll actually remember the spectacular displays of tunnels, spiders, dragons and flowers — all made of glowing jack o’lanterns.


Plan your apple picking weekend now at one of our favorite *new* spots to pick apples. Sure, these three orchards aren’t in Westchester, but they’re worth the drive. Read: These orchards don’t attract the crazy crowds that some of our local favorite spots do.

Aspiring engineers will love the Dinosaur Train Show at Lasdon Park in Somers, running weekends through November 1. Not only can kids take a wagon ride or find their way out of a hay maze, you also visit 100 feet of model train tracks with dinosaurs featured in the display. 2610 NY-35, Katonah

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Get your drink on — with the kids. At Anthony Wayne Recreation Center at Bear Mountain from 12pm to 6pm, families are invited to enjoy traditional Bavarian-style beer and food, while listening to traditional German music as part of their yearly Bear Mountain Oktoberfest celebration. Best of all, it’s free. Weekends through the end of October. Parking is $8 per car. Palisades Interstate Parkway, Bear Mountain

There are a bunch of spooky events around this month, but I’d leave the little ones home for Scared By the Sound at Rye Playland, The Legend Behind the Legend in Irvington, Ghoul’s House of Curiosities in Tarrytown, even the tours of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery could give a kid nightmares. Don’t be tempted. Date night, maybe?

Kids will enjoy the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo a bit more. Here, there’s hay mazes and an extinct animal graveyard, dozens of illuminated jack o’lanterns, and live musical performances. Beyond the Blaze, this is the must-do local Halloween-themed event. 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

On Sunday, October 11 is the Yorktown Festival from 11am to 5pm. There’s live music, lots of food, amusements, and best of all, a costumed dog parade. Maybe dad will enter the hotdog eating contest. Free! Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights  

Bring the kids in costume to the Chappaqua Halloween Carnival and Ragamuffin Parade on October 18 from 12pm to 4pm. The parade begins at 3:30, but you can attend the carnival before and after the parade. Expect rides and games, a pirate den and a chat with friendly witches. Free. And adorable. Allen Place, Chappaqua. 

That same day, Muscoot Farm will host their Autumn Celebration, which includes all of the usual farm fun, like blacksmith demonstration and animal encounters, as well as games, crafts, and hayrides. Pick up fresh produce or a pumpkin at the farmers market and let the kids dance to live music. 51 Route 100, Katonah. 

The Bronxville Children’s Halloween Festival is Sunday, October 18, between 12pm and 4pm at Leonard Morange Park. There will be music, pony rides, and lots of food and carnival rides. Free. Parkway Road, Bronxville 

A highlight this month is the Treasure Hunt through the Sanctuary at Westmoreland in Mount Kisco on Saturday, October 24, between 10am and 3pm. Kids are invited to the park to learn how to read a compass and a map for this beginning orienteering class. Recommended for school-age children. 260 Chestnut Ridge Road, Mount Kisco

Ridge Hill’s HarvestFest was a huge hit last year, and this autumn’s event is on Saturday, October 24, from 12pm to 4pm. We’ll be there with a craft table, and there will be music, trick-or-treating, fresh produce and lots of vendors offering free tastings and other fun stuff. Ridge Hill, Yonkers 

2015 Guide to Westchester’s Best Family Photographers

Book a session with one of our favorites today!

October 2, 2015

A mom with older kids recently told me she regretted not having enough photos taken of her family over the years, especially with her in the pictures (us moms are usually behind the lens!). With peak fall foliage right around the corner and holiday card season approaching, now is the time to have professional photos taken of your brood. We promise you’ll be thrilled with any of the local photographers below, who are booking fall sessions right now!

westchester family photographer jane goodrich

Goodrich Family Photography (above)
A Westchester-based newborn and children’s photographer with an artful eye and a modern edge, Jane Goodrich’s talent lies in her ability to capture a moment in time – no matter how quickly it passes. For more information, email and ask about the special offer for Wee Westchester families!


Kelly Anne Photography (above)
Kelly Anne is a NYC and Connecticut lifestyle photographer capturing the beauty, adoration and wonder of her clients as they play in front of her lens. Her relaxed and playful style captures uniquely natural, modern and candid images that tell the story of your family.


Leila Sutton Photography (above)
Leila Sutton is a NYC and Westchester lifestyle family photographer whose images have been featured in award-winning national ads and have even been chosen to promote the recent Papal visit.  She has written for Shutterfly and Wee Westchester. Contact Leila to book your next family session or visit for upcoming mini session dates, offered only twice a year!

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The Life In Your Years Photography (above)
Jaye McLaughlin of The Life in Your Years Photography helps you slow down time — to freeze and keep those fleeting, chaotic and wonderful moments that make up the life in your years right now, so that you can enjoy them again and again, and share them with your kids and grandkids. Contact Jaye at and 914-636-4413.

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Two New Restaurants in Pleasantville

We told you about Little Mumbai Market. Now there's two more reasons to visit P-ville.

September 30, 2015

By Michelle Gillan Larkin

There I was, driving along Marble Avenue in Pleasantville, when I realized my mouth was watering and I was having trouble keeping my eyes on the road. I spotted two new restaurants, both offering my absolute favorite comfort foods: wood-fired pizza and homemade hummus and gyros. I recently gave both a taste.

Wood & Fire


The Buzz: There were several tables outside, but I followed my nose and walked right inside this upscale yet cozy restaurant. Aside from the laid-back ambiance and wonderful smells, the first thing I noticed was orange flames glowing from a wood-burning oven. Inside were a couple of pizzas, crust and cheese bubbling and sizzling. I went straight to a table and placed an order.


The Taste: The pizza was in front of me minutes later. That big oven cooks at something like 800 degrees, and pizzas are ready in about 90 seconds. (Note to self: Stress-free place to bring a starving 5-year old.) The pizzas are made in the Neopolitan-style so the crust is thin and crisp, but not black on the bottom (I checked). There are more than a dozen, tummy-tempting concoctions, but the most basic is the Margherita; it’s finely crafted with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and imported San Marzano tomatoes. A crowd-pleaser, for sure, yet a clear winner for more sophisticated palates, too. In other words, simply and completely delicious, bite after bite.


Next, I dug into a heaping bowl of spinach gnocchi. So light, so tender, so fresh. But, of course, I was told, all the pasta is homemade everyday right there in the restaurant. I looked in the direction the waiter was pointing and saw a smiling, red-shirted man pulling long strands of spaghetti out of a serious-looking machine. My mechanical-minded kid would love to feast his eyes on that! As for me, I couldn’t get enough of this dish; intensely flavorful, yet not in your face.

Most of the desserts, of which there are many, are homemade by the mother of one of the owners. She’s also the chef behind many of the recipes at Wood & Fire, and as a matter of fact, it was her husband manning the pasta machine. What’s better than family at an Italian restaurant, capiche?

Bottom line: The perfect spot for a crowd-pleasing, moderately-priced, dinner with the family. Think: Friday night pizza party. And, speaking of, Wood & Fire hosts make-your-own pizza party for kids, a sure hit for birthday boys and girls of all ages.

Wood & Fire, 59 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville; 914-747-2611

Gyro World


The Buzz: Here, too, were several outdoor tables, but I decided to take a seat inside this bright and airy café-like eatery. I wasted no time ordering hummus and salad—mainly to see how they stacked up against the delights I used to enjoy weekly at my old, Greek haunt on Manhattan’s West Side. And, I threw in a gyro for good measure (I had to try the restaurant’s namesake, no? Be rude not to).


The Taste: Not all hummus is created equal, and this one clearly stood out from others in my not too distant past. It was smooth, super creamy, and very fresh—as if the chick peas were ground up moments before. The gyro was equally delicious, meaty but not overpowering. And, the tzatziki sauce drizzled on top was unbelievably thick and never once screamed, “I’ve got garlic in me!!!” like so many others do.

As for the Greek salad, it was hands down, the best I’ve ever had. It was crisp, fresh, dinner-sized, and overflowing. There was an abundance of feta cheese (I usually want more), and four stuffed grape leaves (I’m used to settling for two). The dressing had a hint of sweetness to it, and the scattering of fresh dill added a “just picked” flavor to the meal.

The chef at Gyro World has a delicate hand, yet there is no shortage of flavor at this friendly, affordable, family-run restaurant. All the traditional Greek favorites are served, along with grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, fries, and mozzarella sticks to please picky palates (read: my kid). Don’t miss the Greek yogurt for dessert. Topped with fruit or honey, it’s way better than any you can buy in the supermarket. Say it with me now, Oopah!

Bottom line: It’s a nice spot for a moms lunch, and there’s plenty of room between tables for high chairs and strollers.

Gyro World, 501 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville; 914579-2274

Westchester Can’t Live Without: Croton Aqueduct Trail

Why this outdoor hike is a must for one local mom.

September 28, 2015

An occasional column that highlights the places, foods and parks in Westchester our readers love best. 

Patricia Shepard, President of the MOMS Club® of Hastings-on-Hudson (email for details!) couldn’t live in Westchester without:


The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

“One of our favorite things about living in Hastings-on-Hudson is the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which runs right by our house. Every day, we walk in one direction to drop my preschooler off at nursery school. (Last winter, I pulled him in a sled, heavily pregnant to boot—hey, I’m Canadian after all! Now I wear the baby as we walk.) Nothing beats starting each day with a quiet walk under the trees. We head in the other direction for walks with family and friends, and my husband enjoys runs down the trail in the evenings.”

More info about the trail, which stretches through the Rivertowns, can be found on the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct website.

–Jen Garry

2015 Apple Picking Guide

Where to go this year? Here are three great options.

September 25, 2015

Apple-picking season is upon us again, along with the perennial question, “Which orchard should we go to?” It’s a good question because all orchards are not created equal! Here we highlight three places that offer very different picking experiences.

fishkill farms apples

Fishkill Farms: For fall festival-goers

Every weekend through the end of October, Fishkill Farms will be hosting a Fall Harvest Festival, with live music, barbecue and hayrides, in addition to the 40-acres of apples for picking. All of the apples are organic or eco-certified, and the whole place is devoted to sustainable farming. What’s more, the views from this farm can’t be beat! There’s no better place to pick some apples, relax, and take in the crisp autumn air.

Varieties: Fuji, Gala, Jonamac, McIntosh, Spartan

Activities: Hayrides, farm animals, farm store, live music, barbecue and other hot foods for sale, pumpkin patch

Fishkill Farms, 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY; 845-897-4377    

masker orchard

Masker Orchard: For serious apple pickers

If what you’re interested in is straight-up apple picking and lots of varieties to choose from, then Masker is your best bet. While the place does offer some other activities, the real attraction is the 200 acres of orchards. It’s so large that you’re encouraged to drive from section to section. Bring some sandwiches and a picnic blanket to spread right beneath an apple tree when it’s time to take a break from all that picking.

Varieties: Prime Red, Macintosh, Granny Smith, Cortland, Empire, Jonagold, McCowan, Red Delicious, Sparta, Ida Red, Rome, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Smoothie, Surprise

Activities: Family-friendly haunted house, face painting, apple maze, pumpkin patch, farm store, hot food for sale

Masker Orchard, 45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY; 845-986-1058

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Lawrence Farms and Orchard: For those looking to pick more than just apples

The best thing about Lawrence is that when you get tired of apple-picking, you can move onto other fruits and vegetables, including grapes, pears, peppers, eggplant, corn, broccoli, cabbage, kale, turnips and beets. It’s actually a pretty amazing experience to pull a head of broccoli right from the plant! There’s also plenty of fun for the kids, including a play village designed to look like an old-fashioned New England town. This place is especially great for families with young children.

Varieties: Macintosh, Jonamac, Honey Crisp, Gala, Empire, Cortland, Macoun, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Ida Red, Mutsu, Jonagold, Staymen, Northern Spy, Fuji, Rome, Granny Smith

Activities: Play village, farm animals, horse-drawn carriage, hay bale maze, farm store, hot food for sale, pumpkin patch

Lawrence Farms Orchard, 306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY; 845-562-4268

If you’re looking for even more options, including local favorites like Outhouse, Wilkens, Stuart’s, Dr. Davies and Harvest Moon, here’s our past guide to apple picking. By the way, always call ahead to check on availability!

The Facts on the Flu Vaccine

We got them straight from Scarsdale Medical Group's New Pediatrician

September 24, 2015

This post was brought to you by Scarsdale Medical Group

Flu season is on the horizon, so we spoke with Scarsdale Medical Group’s new pediatrician, Dr. Amy Lief, to get the facts on the flu vaccine. The bottom line, according to Dr. Lief: “Getting the flu vaccine every year for you and your children is the best way to reduce the chance of getting and spreading the flu virus.”

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Take the Flu Seriously

Influenza (“flu”) disease can be very dangerous, especially for kids under the age of 5. Severe complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.  Each year, an average of 20,000 kids are hospitalized in the U.S. due to flu complications. Last year, there were more than 140 pediatric deaths in the U.S. due to flu-related complications. (Note: Children with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or disorders of the brain or nervous system, are at a higher risk of experiencing complications.)

Seasonal flu is a serious disease that affects people differently. “It can occur as simply a bad cold in one person but cause symptoms including fever, headache, fatigue, cough, sore throat, congestion and muscle soreness in another,” says Dr. Lief. Most recover from the flu in a few days, up to two weeks. Complications from the flu can include pneumonia, sinusitis and ear infections. “It’s important to note that other viruses have similar symptoms and can be falsely identified as the flu,” notes Dr. Lief.

When To Get the Flu Vaccine

The flu virus is typically most active from October to May, with the vaccine usually becoming available starting in late August. According to Dr. Lief, “It takes your body two weeks to make the antibodies that protect against the virus. You should get the vaccine as early as it is available. Since we can’t know exactly when flu will start to appear in your community, there is no such thing as getting the vaccine too early; at the same time, it’s important to know that it’s never too late to get it either.”

Doctors cannot predict when the flu will be most rampant (typically November through February), but different strains are more prevalent in different communities at different times. It’s important to get the vaccine every year, as the flu strains change year to year (as well as during the season), and the vaccines are made to protect against the strains that research predicts will be most prevalent that year. “Even in seasons when the vaccine does not perfectly match the flu strains in the community, getting the vaccine can lessen the severity of your symptoms if you do get the flu,” says Dr. Lief.

Flu Shot vs. FluMist

There are two different ways for children to get the flu vaccine. The flu shot (intramuscular injection) is made from inactivated flu virus and is either trivalent (protects against three strains) or quadrivalent (protects against four strains). FluMist (a nasal spray) is a weakened live virus vaccine and is quadrivalent. Dr. Lief says there is no preference between the shot or mist in terms of effectiveness; however, “don’t delay getting vaccinated if your preferred formulation is not available to you.”

Side effects of both the flu shot and FluMist are very short lived and “are far milder than the symptoms of flu,” according to Dr. Lief. For the flu shot, these may include soreness/redness at the injection site, a low-grade fever and body aches. The most commonly reported side effects of the nasal spray include a low-grade fever, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache and cough. Side effects are usually resolved in one to two days. Serious allergic reactions to flu vaccines are very rare, and thankfully effective treatments are available.

Myths vs. Facts 

A few myths surround the flu, including the belief that the flu vaccine causes the flu. Dr. Lief contests this myth, stating, “Both the flu shot for children and the nasal spray contain the virus in a form that cannot replicate in the lungs and thus cannot cause the disease.” Some people believe that their family is immune and never gets the flu. According to Dr. Lief, this, too, is a myth: “Healthy people get the flu and can spread the flu, some with severe symptoms and others without even knowing they have it.”

Dr. Lief recommends that all kids ages 6 months and older, along with their parents and caregivers, get the flu vaccine. “Pediatricians are happy to provide information on the flu and vaccine, so don’t be shy about asking questions,” she says, and suggests the following websites for additional information: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAmerican Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center.

Dr. LiefAmy E. Lief, MD, MS, FAAP is board certified in pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served on the faculties of New York University School of Medicine and the Columbia University Medical Center as an instructor and as assistant clinical professor, respectively. Dr. Lief is committed to providing excellent and comprehensive pediatric care. She enjoys forming strong relationships with her patients and their families.

The provision of high-quality, personalized health care to Westchester County and New York’s Hudson Valley region has been the mission of the Scarsdale Medical Group for more than 50 years. Their working philosophy of compassion, confidence, and commitment has enabled them to become known and respected by patients and peers throughout the tri-state area.

Scarsdale Medical Group, 600 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 301, Harrison; (914)723-8100

Best Fall Festivals 2015

From Muscoot Farm to Harvest Fest, where to get in fall swing.

September 23, 2015

We look for any excuse to visit Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, and there’s no better time to go than Harvest Fest. In addition to old fashioned farm games, fresh local food trucks, and lots of cool crafts for kids (think vegetable stamps) and adults (they call it food-crafting!), there’s always a running of the turkeys. Yep, you get to watch hundreds of turkeys race from one field to another — it’s hysterical. Harvest Fest is Saturday, October 3 from 10am to 3pm.
Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
***Unfortunately, the event is already sold out!***


Another fall favorite of ours: Greenburgh Nature Center’s Fall Festival, which is Sunday, October 11 from 11am to 3pm. What will your child enjoy more — stuffing a scarecrow or carving and painting their pumpkin? My son’s favorite part: the tractor rides! Also on hand is cider making, a petting zoo, and of course, don’t miss a walk through Greenburgh’s Story Walk, which lets kids read a book while going on a short hike. It’s the best! $15 per person; $5 per pumpkin, $2 per scarecrow building.
Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale


On Sunday, October 17 from 12pm to 5pm is the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary Fall Festival in Rye. Think: animal workshops, meetings with birds of prey, live music and dance performances, as well as face painting, a pumpkin patch for picking and lots and lots of crafts. Oh, and did we mention there will be lots of food! Sponsored in part by the Westchester Children’s Museum and Rye Arts Center. Adults are $10, kids are $5 (5 and up). Parking is free.
Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Playland Parkway, Rye

On Sunday, October 18, there are two fall festivals. We’ve never been to Sheldrake Environmental Center’s Fall Festival in Larchmont from 1pm to 4pm, but it sounds appealing with the usual favorites for kids: pumpkins, petting zoo, live music and fall-themed crafts. The second is at Muscoot Farm’s Autumn Celebration from 12pm to 3pm. Spend the day listening and dancing to a band, watching blacksmithing demonstrations, decorating a sugar pumpkin, or shop at the Farmer’s Market. Kids can also play old-fashioned farm games! Here’s the best part: They’ll have their hayrides going, which takes you and your family on a jaunt through the farm. Expect lots of fun games, live music and yes, crafts.

Lastly, be on the lookout for more info on Ridge Hill’s 2nd Annual HarvestFest on Saturday, October 24, from 12pm to 4 pm.  We’ll be on-site for this amazing, fun-filled day, including arts and crafts, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, Harvest Market and much more.
Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Boulevard, Yonkers

Summer Photo Contest Results

See what readers were up to this summer … and check out the grand-prize winning photo!

September 21, 2015

We received almost 200 entries for Wee Westchester’s summer photo contest on Instagram this year, and it’s time to review the best of the best! There were tons of fun vacation and holiday photos and so many great action shots, especially of kids playing with water. It was super difficult to select just one person to award the grand prize of a mini-photo session with Leila Sutton Photography. But after poring over all the great pictures, we decided that the winner is…

summer photo contest - beth smith

“Spitting Cousins,” by Beth Smith (bhovdestadsmith on Instagram) of Bedford Hills. The photo is of Beth’s daughter, Annabel, and her cousins, Harlow and Tatum, on one of those very hot days. “Their expressions kill me!” says Leila about this photo. “Kudos, mom, for catching this fleeting moment! It’s the epitome of playfulness and what it means to be a kid.”

It was really hard to choose just one winner, particularly since many of the entries took into account Leila’s advice on how to take better pictures this summer. We loved so many of the submissions that we just had to show off a few more standouts! Here are our favorites.

summer photo contest - Robin Belluzi

“Sprinklers,” by Robin Belluzi (3boys17 on Instagram) of Harrison, is of Robin’s son, Matthew, at a Father’s Day gathering at their home. “I love the light streaming in from the left of this image, and the joyous body language,” Leila comments. “The leading lines form the shadow of the tree and sprinkler mirror the boy’s ecstatic limbs. This is a gorgeous image, all around.”

summer photo contest gina pomponio

“Fireworks,” by Gina Pomponio (mommy_posh on Instagram) of Scarsdale, shows Gina’s two kids, Blake and Tyler, mesmerized by the Fourth of July celebration in White Plains. “This is a wonderful story-telling image, created purely by the light of the fireworks and the atmospheric smoke below,” Leila says. “I can just smell and hear the fireworks crackling.”

summer photo contest - alexis thornton

“Dance Party” by Alexis Thornton (Hipsturbia_Mom on Instagram) of Bronxville, captures Alexis’ daughter, Ayla, on the Mohonk Preserve, where she went hiking and swimming for the first time. “Backlighting was nicely used in this precious image,” Leila points out, “and being eye-level with the little girl draws you right in to her dance party and sweet smile.”

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“Coney Art Walls,” by Kate Alvarez (llama_mama_adventures on Instagram) of New Rochelle, was taken at Coney Island in Brooklyn and features Kate’s daughter, Zoey, and her older cousin, Peyton. “This image is graphic, sweet and delightful,” says Leila. “It conveys movement even though the two girls are still. The position of the girls also illustrates the ‘rule of thirds’ well.”

We really enjoyed seeing what everyone was up to this summer! Thanks to all who shared their experiences with us on Instagram.

How To: Visit Walkway Over the Hudson

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Ever since Walkway Over the Hudson, an elevated pedestrian bridge that stretches across the Hudson River, opened a few years ago, I’ve been thinking about planning a day trip to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to check it out. We finally went over Labor Day weekend this year, and it turned out to be the perfect outing, only an […]

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Fast Furniture Fixes with Raymour & Flanigan

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Meet the Bike Whisperer

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Farmers Market Smackdown!

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By Michelle Gillan Larkin If you consider yourself a farmers market junkie like I do, then you have your favorite, and it’s one of the bright spots in your weekend. For me, it’s the Pleasantville Farmers Market, and Saturday morning wouldn’t be the same without it. In my eyes, it’s got the best of everything: […]

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